I never thought that my life would revolve around spending a birthday at Arlington National Cemetery. Never in a million years did I think that I wouldn't see my brother here on this earth again either. Lots of nevers are said, but the reality of it is.. that it is. This is my life. We go to Arlington for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Memorial Day and many other days along the way. It makes us feel closer to the person that we lost. It's a continual grieving process. It doesn't get easier, the crying doesn't stop, the reality doesn't fade and time hasn't healed anything. It still feels like yesterday. As a matter of fact, I think it will always feel like yesterday. We are a close family and his loss is felt heavily by each and every one of us. Today Paul would be 26. He is 26.. just not on earth. He is in Heaven waiting for us. He is partying it up with each and every hero we have lost. He is missed. He is loved and he will NEVER be forgotten, EVER! Happy Birthday to my amazing, strong, loving, caring and hilarious brother. I miss you so much!!
These photos were taken during the last time we saw him. He was home on his R&R from Afghanistan. They are priceless memories and explain just how much of a fun person he was. See you on the other side Paul. My heart is forever broken.